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  • Walter Reade Theater

    1 season

    Art-House America

    The Walter Reade Theater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is a beloved New York institution. We’ve created a short documentary on its history and programming, presented here with a lineup of films handpicked and introduced by its curators.

  • Spotlight on THE BROOD with Grady Hendrix

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    In this installment of our Spotlight series, critic and author Grady Hendrix examines the potent blend of emotional anguish and body horror that David Cronenberg tapped into for one of his most terrifying classics.

  • Three Reasons: DIABOLIQUE

  • HOUSE: Trick or Truth

    Video essayist :: kogonada reveals the troubling theme within this cult favorite.

  • Anatomy of a Gag: PLAYTIME

  • Jean-Luc Godard & Anna Karina

    1 season

    Creative Marriages

    Has any other couple exerted as potent an influence on the course of movie history as Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina? Before, during, and after their tumultuous marriage, this director and actor interwove their personal lives and their art in seven films that changed the face...

  • Associative Editing in THE SWEET HEREAFTER

    1 season

    Adapted from Russell Banks’s novel about a small town reckoning with trauma in the wake of a tragic school-bus accident, Atom Egoyan’s THE SWEET HEREAFTER is a profound meditation on grief and loss that manages to find compassion and hope in the bleakest of circumstances. In this edition of Obser...

  • Anatomy of a Gag: LE GRAND AMOUR

  • TAMPOPO: The Amateur and the Craftsperson

    This video essay looks at TAMPOPO’s themes of self-improvement and mastery of a craft. It was created by filmmakers Tony Zhou and Taylor Ramos in 2017.

  • Spotlight on TO BE OR NOT TO BE with Alicia Malone

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    In the latest installment of our Spotlight series, critic Alicia Malone unpacks Ernst Lubitsch’s brilliant political satire, one of the most acclaimed comedies of all time.

  • Barry Jenkins on CHUNGKING EXPRESS

    In this interview recorded in 2016, the Oscar-winning director of MOONLIGHT and IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK explores the intoxicating cinema of Wong Kar Wai.

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Adventures in Moviegoing

    1 season

    The leading scorer in NBA history traces his journey from basketball superstar to writer and cultural critic with filmmaker Philip Kaufman, in a conversation that touches on sports, jazz, and the moral stakes of samurai movies.

  • Secrets of the Hollywood Archives: FORBIDDEN PLANET

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    One of the most influential science-fiction films of the 1950s, FORBIDDEN PLANET shaped the evolution of the genre for decades to come with its groundbreaking production design, special effects, and electronic score. In this edition of Secrets of the Hollywood Archives, Oscar-winning visual-effec...

  • Angela Allen’s Script Notes

    Reminiscences from John Huston’s regular script supervisor

  • Once There Was Everything

    In this video essay, filmmaker :: kogonada examines the use of doors in the films of Robert Bresson.

  • David Plunkert Studio Visit

    Meet the artist behind a variety of Criterion covers.

  • Anatomy of a Gag: Charlie and Jackie

    In this video essay, critic David Cairns explores the comedic magic of Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in THE KID.

  • Secrets of the Hollywood Archives: TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH

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    One of the finest and most realistic war movies produced in 1940s Hollywood, TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH portrays the harrowing experiences of a group of American flyers stationed in Britain during World War II. But how did the filmmakers achieve the exciting aerial shots of star Gregory Peck flying a B-...

  • Spotlight on GREAT EXPECTATIONS with Grady Hendrix

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    In the latest installment of our Spotlight series, critic and novelist Grady Hendrix finds an unlikely favorite horror movie in David Lean’s adaptation of a Charles Dickens classic.

  • Spotlight on WINGS with Imogen Sara Smith

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    In the latest installment of our Spotlight series, critic Imogen Sara Smith pays tribute to the great Ukrainian filmmaker Larisa Shepitko, whose early feature WINGS brilliantly evokes a former fighter fighter pilot’s inner life.

  • Ethan Hawke’s Adventures in Moviegoing

    1 season

    The thinking man’s movie star, Ethan Hawke has moved seamlessly between mainstream hits and acclaimed passion projects for directors such as Richard Linklater and Paul Schrader ever since breaking into Hollywood at age fourteen, garnering Academy Award nominations for both acting and screenwritin...

  • Damien Chazelle on À NOS AMOURS

  • Spotlight on CHAMELEON STREET with Ashley Clark

    2 items

    In the following introduction recorded in 2022, Criterion curatorial director Ashley Clark explores the sly social critique and dizzying cinematic experimentation of writer-director-actor Wendell B. Harris Jr.’s lone feature to date, a sui generis masterpiece of American independent cinema.

  • Queersighted: The Musical!

    This new conversation between critic and programmer Michael Koresky and Criterion web editor Andrew Chan, discussing the films in Queersighted: The Musical!, was recorded in 2022.